Headshot Photo of Isha Clarke
2020 Award Recipient


Project Youth vs. Apocalypse

Location Oakland, CA

Issue Area Advocacy/Activism | Climate Justice/Environment

People around the world are becoming increasingly aware of the climate crisis’s inequitable impact on under-resourced communities and communities of color. Isha first became involved in the climate justice movement when a company proposed building a coal terminal in West Oakland. She and her peers publicly protested construction of the terminal, later forming the group Youth Vs. Apocalypse.

Through her advocacy and activism with Youth Vs. Apocalypse Isha became known as a powerful leader fighting to reverse the climate crisis through community organizing, protests, and legislative change. Youth vs. Apocalypse has brought national attention to the proposed West Oakland coal terminal, led the largest youth climate strike in the U.S., and successfully helped facilitate California Governor Gavin Newsom’s moratorium on new fracking permits in 2019.

Youth Vs Apocalypse strives for collective liberation. Our work is to dismantle all foundational systems of oppression— like white supremacy and colonialism– in every way that they exist because they are the true cause of climate change.

Isha Clarke
Isha is outside at a rally holding a megaphone and shouting into it.

Youth vs. Apocalypse


Youth Vs. Apocalypse fights to reverse the climate crisis and address the iniquitous effects it has on low-income and communities of color by organizing community action and battling for legislative change.